The National Youth Rights Association is dedicated to defending the freedom, equality, and rights of all young people by challenging age discrimination and prejudice. We aim to achieve our mission through educating people about youth rights, helping young people to work in defense of their rights, and taking positive steps to lessen the burden of ageism.

NYRA has inspired tens of thousands of members, developed dozens of chapters all over the country, and tacked a variety of issues affecting young people. We have successfully overturned anti-youth laws in several states, supported numerous bills designed to protect and expand the rights of young people, submitted amicus briefs in federal court, and encouraged dozens of businesses to drop their age discriminatory practices. We have challenged the negative stereotypes of young people and demanded that all of us be treated with respect and dignity. Our work has been featured in numerous media outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN, BBC World Service, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.